Mike Ellis

Freelance Business Writer & Content Writer

Location:Frederick, Maryland, United States
2 Skills
Mike Ellis
Proposal Development Professional

Six years leading full-cycle proposal projects encompassing complex RFP requirements, quick-turn task orders, technical white papers and strategic RFI notices. Eight years of prior business intelligence software and information technology business development experience in the commercial and Federal Government markets. Offering strong interpersonal skills and the expertise to plan proposal strategy, organize and motivate proposal team members, prioritize tasks, and work through challenges to produce fully compliant, compelling proposals.

? Shipley Associates proposal process, writing and capture best practices training
? A keen ability to analyze RFP requirements, extract important proposal directives and provide clear guidance for producing a fully compliant proposal while minimizing wasted effort
? Workshop facilitation, color team review leadership, kickoff meeting planning and execution, competitive intelligence assessment and strategy, story-boarding, executive summary preparation, win theme development, and graphics coordination
? Cultivating teamwork, instilling mission focus and fostering a positive, winning mindset
? Adept at quickly “zeroing in” on critical details, interviewing subject matter experts and researching productive sources to distill and produce compelling proposal content
? Exceptional writing, editing and proofreading skills
? Proposal process, procedures and documentation; proposal project control, risk management and fifteen years of experience grappling with U.S. Federal Acquisition Regulations

My proposal experience spans U.S. Federal Government civilian, Department of Defense, and intelligence community customers on subject matter ranging from facilities management and warehousing services to massive information systems management and global satellite communications technologies. The following list provides a few examples of my work:
? National Science Foundation, Arctic Research Support and Logistic Services (polar logistics, facilities maintenance), Proposal Manager
? U.S. Army, Army Sustainment Command, Integrated Logistics Support & Services 2, (critical logistics and maintenance services), Proposal Manager
? U.S. Federal Reserve, Network Management Systems & Support (network management solutions, systems integration, systems installation and support), Proposal Manager
? Intelligence Community Customer (classified), Internet Software Development,(network protocols, security, cryptography), Technical Volume Manager
? U.S Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, Power Systems Engineering (power systems engineering services at U.S. Embassies and other Department of State buildings worldwide), Proposal Manager
? U.S. Army, CECOM, Movement Tracking System, (mobile satellite equipment, worldwide satellite service, installation, field support representatives, help desk, training), Proposal Manager
? National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Data Buoy Center, Technical Services for NDBC, (engineering, operational, logistical, information technology support), Technical Volume Manager

07/2012- Present, Independent Proposal Consultant. Engagements include supporting proposal projects in biometrics intelligence, systems engineering, and logistics support services for Fortune 500 and mid-tier government contractors.
2010- 06/2012, Proposal Manager, URS Federal Services. Full cycle proposal manager in the Headquarters Proposal Center, focused on major proposals ($100M and above) and strategic Sources Sought Notice responses. Worked with Capture Managers to develop proposal win themes and strategies, built compliance matrices, set and enforced schedules, prepared writers’ packages, wrote and edited various management and technical volume drafts, organized past performance, integrated teaming partners into proposal development flow, managed daily tag-up meetings and all color team reviews. Assisted in key personnel resume development highlighting capabilities for positional and RFP requirements. Worked closely with business development personnel and coached cross-functional proposal teams to shape compelling responses; organized and assisted final production and delivery.
2007-2010, Proposal Manager, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp. Designed and rolled out the company’s first formal proposal process based on the Shipley model. This process streamlined proposal development, boosted interdepartmental cooperation and contributed to improved proposal quality. Won fiercely contested recompete of Comtech’s largest contract in open competition. Organized proposal strategy, interviewed subject matter experts and captured the expertise of satellite communications engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, network systems engineers, program managers, and veteran field service representatives on station in Kuwait and forward operating bases in Iraq.
2005 – 2007, Capture Manager, Windward Consulting Group. Managed the capture of U.S. Federal civilian and DoD accounts for IT network management consulting projects. Established partnering agreements with major systems integrators. Provided Bid/No Bid analysis to executives. Organized color team reviews.

? Bachelor of Science, Financial Management - Clemson University
? Shipley Managing Federal Proposals, Shipley Capturing Federal Business, Shipley Federal Proposal Writing, Hy Silver Proposal Management; Privia/ SharePoint/ Microsoft Office Advanced User Expertise

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Skills (2) Rating
Business Writing
Content Writing